Fulton County, Pennsylvania decertified its voting machines after local officials conducted a Republican led audit and allowed an outside contractor to access data.
Software company Wake TSI conducted the research. Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid wrote a letter following the audit regarding the audit.
“These actions were taken in a manner that was not transparent or bipartisan,” Degraffenreid wrote.
“As a result of the access granted to Wake TSI, Fulton County’s certified system has been compromised and neither Fulton County; the vendor, Dominion Voting Systems; nor the Department of State can verify that the impacted components of Fulton County’s leased voting system are safe to use in future elections.”
“Please know that I did not arrive at this decision lightly,” Degraffenreid said in the letter.
“I have a statutory obligation to examine, evaluate and certify electronic voting systems. These reviews include verifying that the voting system conforms to federal and state law and any regulations or standards regarding confidentiality, security, accuracy, safety, reliability, usability, accessibility, durability, resiliency, and auditability,” she added.
The move is similar to actions taken in Maricopa County, Arizona, following the widescale audit. With controversy from both parties regarding voting machine access, the decision was also made to replace the county’s voting machines.
Former President Donald Trump won the Fulton County 2020 election by about 8,000 votes, though now-President Joe Biden won the statewide election by more than 80,000 votes.